Kings 2:13-3:15 David’s son, Adonijah, had been outmanoeuvred in his attempt to become king of Israel. David had ensured that his younger son, Solomon, would succeed him. Solomon would only let his elder brother live if he proved himself to be a worthy man (1 Kings 1:52) and so Adonijah should have led a quiet,… Continue Reading →
1 Kings 1:1-2:12 King David was now old and so his servants found a beautiful virgin girl, Abishag, to wait on him and keep him warm in bed. The king did not have sexual relations with her. Adonijah, another one of David’s wayward, handsome sons started to set himself up as the next king. He… Continue Reading →
2 Samuel 23:8-24:25 David was an incredible fighter. He also had three ‘mighty men’ in his army who were renowned for their fighting prowess. One of them, Josheb-Basshebeth, had killed eight hundred men with a spear in one battle. They were prepared to stand their ground and fight hordes of the enemy even when their… Continue Reading →
2 Samuel 22:1-23:7 David sang a magnificent song of praise to the Lord after he had been delivered from all his enemies. God is also our rock, fortress, deliverer, stronghold, refuge and Saviour (2 Sam.22:2-3). He is our shield. God rescues us from our worthless sinful lives and, through the power of the Holy Spirit,… Continue Reading →
2 Samuel 20:1-21:22 Another rebellion started. The fickle men of Israel deserted David again. This time, to follow Sheba, son of Bicri. The men of Judah stayed loyal to King David. King David returned to his palace in Jerusalem. He took the ten concubines, whom Absalom had slept with in his absence, and confined them… Continue Reading →
2 Samuel 18:19-19:43 Ahiamaaz, son of Zadok, was keen to take the news of Absalom’s death to King David. However, Joab, the commander of David’s army, who had organised the killing of David’s son knew this would not be well received. He asked a dispensable Cushite to deliver the news instead. Joab knew that David… Continue Reading →
2 Samuel 16:15-18:18 David had sent his friend, Hushai, to give poor advice to Absalom (David’s treacherous son who was intent on taking over the country). Absalom suspected Hushai’s motives as he knew he was a good friend of David’s (2 Sam.16:17). Absalom first of all asked the renowned wise man Ahithophel how to progress… Continue Reading →
2 Samuel 15:13-16:14 David was informed that his son, Absalom, had treacherously stolen the hearts of the men of Israel. David decided to flee from Jerusalem, along with all his officials. The king left ten concubines behind to ‘take care of the palace’ (2 Sam.15:16). What could possibly go wrong with this plan seeing that… Continue Reading →
2 Samuel 14:1-15:12 King David’s heart longed for his estranged son, Absalom, just as God hopes and contrives for banished people to come back to him from exile (2 Sam.14:14). Joab hired a wise woman to persuade King David to invite Absalom back from exile. David wisely saw he was being manipulated by Joab but… Continue Reading →
2 Samuel 13:1-39 Amnon, the eldest son of King David, fell in love with one of his half-sisters: Tamar. They both had different mothers. Amnon desired Tamar even though sexual relations between half-siblings was strictly banned under Jewish law (Lev.18:9). Following the advice of his cunning uncle / friend, Jonadab, Amnon pretended to be sick… Continue Reading →
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